The Burger Bar stockpiles fine meats, cheeses, and toppings so that diners can create their own sandwich masterpieces. The menu promises hunger-fighters the ability to load a bun with such patties as ground beef ($6–$9), buffalo meat ($8–$13) and portobello ($5–$7). Like a sloppy nacho-loving James Bond, burgers dress in a neat tuxedo of cheese (one slice included, $.75/extra slice), including smoked cheddar, texas goat, and pepper jack. Toppings such as jalapeños, bacon, and avocado (one topping included, $1.50/extra topping) crown majestic meat towers, only to be rained upon by torrents of garlic or bacon aioli, violet-mustard cream, or smoked-chipotle ketchup. Diners can pair a sirloin sandwich with grilled vegetables ($3.50) for a dose of daily nutrients so they don’t have to get their vitamins by devouring old tapes of The Flintstones.
At one table, guests valiantly attempt to slay the fried catfish, pico de gallo, and red beans that burst from a Cajun burrito. At another, a mix-and-match platter of shrimp tacos and stuffed jalapeños draws reverence from passersby as its creator digs in elatedly. Scenes such as these have taken place at Fish Place locations across Houston since 2005, giving Texans a taste of New Orleans without the trouble of traveling or holding a bayou chef hostage. For gaggles of empty bellies, Fish Place offers family packs that range up to 100 pieces of a chosen fried meat along with classic sides such as coleslaw, onion rings, and jambalaya rice.
Each month the Red Tuna Shirt Club awards its members with a colorful cotton T-shirt artfully depicting aquatic images of top-rated saltwater charter businesses or guide services. Participants receive their trawl-happy threads by mail along with an informative overview of the featured captain’s backstory and favorite Power Ranger. Previous jerseys hailed from such vivid fishing locales as Costa Rica, the Bahamas, and Key West. Once a design is spotlighted, it is never repeated, making each shirt a collector's item and a poor choice for a dust towel; memberships may be given as gifts to the men and life-size fish in your family.
Blu Water snatches piscine fare fresh from the water before transforming it into the dishes that populate its swiftly served menu. Veggie-centric selections star the grilled-salmon salad, in which strips of succulent salmon, surrounded by grape tomatoes and sweet peppers, lay upon field greens and spot familiar shapes in the clouds above. Pairs swap nibbles from a duet of tacos, made from grilled or panko-breaded fish or shrimp resting in the curves of corn and flour tortillas made in-house daily. Punch dishes with extra flavor from 14 scratch-made sauces, spanning the gamut of spiciness with flavors from mild southwest pesto to fiery mango habanero. A triumvirate of rice bowls blends salmon, cod, shrimp, or chicken into Asian or Cajun flavors. Any taco or sandwich selection, including the shrimp po boy, can transform into a combo meal by stepping into a phone booth, tearing off its business suit, and emerging with a drink and a side. Finally, triangular desserts such as lemon cheesecake play a sugary coda to the aquatic meal.
Jackson Market Fresh Seafood's rotating menu relies on what nearby fishermen can ensnare in their nets, which often includes both freshwater and saltwater crustaceans such as crawfish and blue crabs. Once captured and cleaned, the seafood appears fried on top of po' boy rolls, barbecued on specialty platters, and grilled in baskets alongside fries and sides of butter sauce. Creole-inspired soups and gumbos can be purchased as single servings or by the gallon for filling troughs at seals-only cafeterias.
The Fish Place's chefs use a simple recipe for all their dishes: fresh seafood and Cajun spices. Of course, there's a lot of variety to be found within those parameters. They boil shellfish in the hearty broths of gumbos and etouffes, and fry up catfish and oysters with hot Cajun flavors. Fish and shrimp are stuffed full of cheese and other delicious tidbits. Most courses are served with Southern-style sides, ranging from the iconic red beans and white rice to hush puppies.
Cuisine Type: Fresh Cajun
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Fried/grilled/blackened fish, shrimp
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Delivery / Take-out: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes